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Old 03-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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I don't want to brag, but.....

I just picked up my 2009 Vespa 250! She only had 5 miles on her. Here are some pics. I drove her home 65 miles and here are my impressions:

I'm six-two, 195, 32 inch inseam.

This sucker is smooth. I didn't go over 55 indicated, but at that speed I truly didn't feel like I was riding on a 12-inch tire. Very stable/smooth. The tall windshield give you a very quiet ride. I had ear plugs in under my helmet and it was almost too quiet! No buffeting. Torque/pickup at both off the line and at 35mph is more than sufficient. It's confidence inspiring. A 250 cc is really the perfect size and balance for the type of riding I do. Throttle is a little stressing after 20 mins, but the again I haven't been on a bike for 2 years so maybe my muscles will adapt. The seating position is very good for my height and even though I can tell it will hard to sit upright for long distances...that is a good thing! Again, it will build and promote good posture! It's much better than leaning back and putting stress on your tail bone. The Givi E470 (47 liter) is a great match. I thought it might be too big, but it's nice sized and it looks proportional. I'm getting the light kit added to it next week. I did notice a slight burning smell on stops, but thought it must be the new breaks? I did go over 60% throttle because I had to, but I'm not too worried about those hotly contested perfect break-in threads. It's a bike, not a baby :)

Oh, and guess what I'm doing tomorrow morning? I'm going riding!

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Old 03-17-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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Nice ride!

Man, that's a sweet looking ride. Congrats! (now take us some better pictures )
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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Very nice!

And the sexiest, fastest color too!

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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Very Nice!

I have always wanted a Vespa.

Some day I will own one.
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Old 03-17-2012, 05:31 PM   #5
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Red goes fast don't you think?
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:38 PM   #6
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Looks awesome! The burning smell is the exhaust. You'll smell if for the first hundred miles or so, then no more.

Enjoy the scoot!
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #7
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Its ok, you done earned your bragging rights with it!

Nice little scoot! I agree on a 250 cc is the good balance except for long distance Interstate Cruising. It'll do most anything you need.

But congratuations, looks purdy and I like your winchshield! Enjoy!
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:35 AM   #8
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Very nice, congrats!
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:48 AM   #9
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She's a beauty! I had a 2009 and agree - it is one smooth engine.

Congrats on the new scoot and especially on the best color!

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:50 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by OKC99 View Post
I don't want to brag...
My Aunt Fanny, you don't.

Those things are as tight and silky as Mercedesesses. Pul-lenty of power. Solid riding, sweet smoov manuvering. A valid bragging license is included with each - believe me, I got positively obnoxious widit. People would walk away: just all jealous and covetous, I'll betcha.

Majorish congrats - I am sick with envy
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Old 03-18-2012, 06:53 AM   #11
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Nothing wrong with a little bragging if you have something to brag about.

Nice scooter

BTW, my Aprilia 250 has the same motor. It will cruise at highway speeds no problem.
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